Health and Safety, Ages 2 to 5 Years - Safety Measures Outside the Home
Going along for the ride: Exercising caution
parents and caregivers want to share their favorite activities with their young
children. This can help build common interests and appreciation for exercise
and other pursuits. Be sure, though, to recognize the safety issues related to
these activities. Remember that your child's comfort and safety are most
Always use a car seat and have your child ride in the backseat of your car. Car accidents are the leading cause of death and injury
in young children. Follow
basic guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). See the AAP website at www.healthychildren.org.
Never leave your child alone in a car. Heat
inside the car and other factors could cause long-lasting injury—or death—in a
matter of minutes. Keeping the car windows down won't protect
your child in hot or warm weather. Other injuries could also occur from a child
getting stuck in the trunk or setting the car in motion.
If your child rides a scooter, watch him or her at all times. Don't let your child ride near traffic. And have your child wear a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads. Wait until your child is a little older before you teach skateboard safety. It's not safe for children younger than 5 to use skateboards.
Monitor air pollution before outdoor
activities. Children's lungs are especially sensitive to pollution. You can
check your newspaper or local weather station for details about air pollution